Feeding therapy is a multi-disciplinary approach to supporting children who struggle with the process of feeding and eating. Our team includes speech therapy, occupational therapy, and mental health counseling to address issues that children of any age may have around being able to obtain nutrition. Whether the issue is one of “picky eating” or a more complex issue around medical or mental health disorders, our team is ready to support the child and caregivers through the process of addressing skills, routines, habits, and perceptions that surround eating.
Feeding therapy includes direct intervention to address physical skills such as sucking, swallowing, and chewing as well as postural and motor needs, positioning and equipment, sensory issues, anxiety, or cognitive/behavioral issues around feeding. Treatment also includes parent/caregiver education to support positive outcomes and ensure follow through. Our therapists can address needs for children of all ages, with an individualized approach based on the challenges experienced and the cultural needs of the family.
Children who may benefit from feeding therapy might be described as picky eaters, problem feeders, or have medical conditions that impact their ability to eat or feed themselves. Indicators that a child might benefit from feeding therapy include:
- Inability to transition to pureed foods by 10 months
- Inability to transition to solid foods by 12 months
- Difficulty with sucking, swallowing, or chewing foods
- Inability to transition off of bottles or sippy cups
- Choking or gagging during eating or drinking
- Poor appetite and limited intake of foods
- Picky eating or food aversions
- Poor weight gain or growth
- Inability to participate in social activities around eating
- Emotional outbursts or signs of physical discomfort at mealtimes
1581 Sycamore Rd - Yorkville, IL 60560
Phone: 630-552-9890 / Fax: 630-552-9891